Wednesday, December 4, 2013

on this day in:

1854John W. Porter was re-elected mayor of Key West.

1864 Adm. David Farragut arrived in Key West and was given a salute of 13 guns and the "best dinner" the island could offer.

1900 The sponge fleet had arrived and reported a good trip, with shares from $85 to 135. The market was lively and the prices were good. Some of the vessels sold at Tarpon Springs, while others brought the catch here.

1926Eduardo H. Gato, Key West's leading cigar manufacturer, died in Havana. He was born in Santiago de las Vegas, Cuba, in 1847 and came to Key West in 1874. His factory at its peak employed 500 workers. His last factory on Simonton Street, now called the Gato Building, houses Monroe County government offices.

1932 John W. Atkins, age 75 years, died in Homestead. He had worked for Western Union Telegraph Co. for more than 30 years and, before he retired, was the resident manager of the Key West office. He was widely known as a naturalist and had one of the finest collections of tropical fish and birds in the country. He was also an accomplished taxidermist.

1945 The captured German U-boat 505 was open for public tours to anyone who had purchased a bond in the Victory Loan Campaign.

1969Sam Golan died at the age of 70. In the 1950s, he built the Key Ambassador Motel, and later, he built the Holiday Day Inn with Charles Little.

1985 After the absentee ballots were counted, Tom Sawyer was a 58-vote winner over Capt. Tony Tarracino for mayor of Key West. Sally Lewis and Jimmy Weekley were elected to the City Commission.